Post Ride Report
Hmmm... I don't have a clue where to start, neither do I have the time to do a full write up, but suffice it to say, if Barber is better than this track, it has to be Heaven. RoadAtlanta is absolutely an AWESOME track!! The track has a good front straight, short back straight (5 to 6) and then a LONG back straight (7 to 10A). Full of great turns, the "Esses" and some hairy spots, it has challenges for everyone. Hell, when you come up the hill out of 10B to 11, all you can see is sky. Then the guys in front of you disappear (DOWN, way down...) and you come of the crest and sweep down through 12 back onto the front straight. SUPER TRACK!!
We had a good showing of NESBA Midwest there with some CLSBers mixed in as well. Off the top of my head, CLSBers were Mopar, AdrenalinJunkie, ButchF & son Chris, Marshall. There were tons of Midwest CRs and other regulars... I am sure I will forget someone, but hey, they can post up... Garth, Fred, Marshall, Scott, Alan & Melissa, Andy, Boyd brothers, Mr. Drucker, etc...
We all went out for dinner on Saturday night and just had a great time (Looking forward to more screwdrivers with Marshall, LOL). I think we must have had 50 plus peopl efrom NESBA at the restaurant we went to.
Fred high-side in T7, which is slick as hell right there. Sore but nothing serious, bike needs throttle tube and cable, and a little body work on the right side. Fred was limping a little, and had a sore foot, but was otherwise in great spirits.
Matt went down in 10B, details are on the NESBA site at http://www.nesba.com/TrackTalk/bb/Fo...ML/001963.html
if you wanna see it all. Suffice it to say, Matt (mdr14) is FAST, and of course, he went down at the end of the fastest part of the track. Bike needs some work on the top, no major damage. Matt coulda been MUCH worse, but he ended up with a separated shoulder. As always, the stud doesn't give up. He picked up the bike, and friggin rode it back in with a separated shoulder. I saw him shortly afterwards and before he went into the hospital and he was crackin jokes and great spirits as always.
Of course, gimp number 1 (Fred) drove gimp number 2 (Matt) to the hospital. Glad no one got hurt seriously, Matt should be fine before Barber rolls around in Alabama on February 4th (most likely date).
AdrenalinJunkie and Mopar. Man, these guys are riding at the top of "I".
AJ turned an extremely fast 1:45.91 on his new STOCK 636, of course, he's bitchin about it only going 160. And yes, people were going a heck of a lot faster than that through turn 9 (more of a kink).
Mopar - Mr. 666. Tries to present himself as a badass. Sorry to destroy the rep, but he is one of the funniest guys I know. Polite and considerate as well. And a fast "I" - he ran 1:46s. Rumor part that rings true - he is good at drinking. Very good. Anyhow, Mr. 666 is ready for a new steed. Not only can he ride much faster than that bike can go, but the damn thing tried to buck him off coming out of 10B. He evidently fish tailed, got thrown up in the air a couple of feet and saved it just in time to catch the pit out. Now for those of you that don't know this track, that is right under a bridge (no protection) and right at the top of a 100 to 200 foot DROP in elevation on the track. For me, literally the scariest part of the track as you can't see where it goes, and if you are too wide... well, let's just say your day would be over. Mopar wins the award for save of the weekend. Of course, he couldn't get laid if you paid for it for him... but that is a whole 'nother thread...
The Folks -
Well run event. Great CRs, Great Venue, Great Photographers, and most important, the people at the track, the riders, were just all a great pleasure to be around. There was a large group of guys from DC, a group from New Jersey, even guys from the Bronx. This was not by any means a local event. And everyone was typical NESBA friendly.
Heck we even had Jeff May, who just finished the season #5 in the AMA Pro Championship. And of course... Alan and Andy showed him some midwest hospitality. Amazing seeing these guys go through the "Esses". Just unbelievably fast.
Anyhow, here are a couple of shots. For the actual track, go to http://www.roadatlanta.com/2004Petit.pdf
By the way, AdrenalinJunkie and I rode Tail of the Dragon at Deal's Gap on Friday on the way down... I'll get another thread on that one when I get a chance. It was nuts!
If you ever have a chance, this is well worth the drive. By the way, it snowed 2-3 inches in Atlanta on Monday after we left, they had to close down I-75 and I-85, so we had great timing as well.
Hope y'all enjoy the write-up.